Reviews by Dai Alanye

Despair's Last Journey

by David Christie Murray

For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. Man afflicted with long-term overindulgence hides out in the wilderness to dry out. Unfortunately decides to write a memoir, with which we are in turn afflicted.

Possibly satisfactory for those who revel in introspection, though I admit to skipping 95% of it.

Reviewed on 2014.08.21

The Deserter

by Charles King

Pubbed in 1890, the book has a remarkably modern plot organization. Contains the usual flaws of the time: overly-perfect hero and heroine, and coincidences are the worst. Not quite as sentimental as some.

Takes place during the late Indian wars but contains only one brief battle. All other action takes place in a social setting within the garrison. Pretty decent picture of the peacetime life of Army officers.

I intend to look at King's other titles.

Reviewed on 2014.08.21

Derrick Sterling

by Kirk Monroe

Perhaps suitable for early teens. Horatio Alger type story with plenty of action and excitement.

Inside info on coal mining in the anthracite fields of Pennsy late in the 19th century holds some interest for mechanically-minded adults. Stock up on soap.

Reviewed on 2014.08.21

The Debt

by Perceval Gibbon

A good short story with a satisfying surprise at the end. takes place in England and Russia prior to the revolution.

Reviewed on 2014.08.21

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